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Younger comes to an end after seven seasons “doesn’t look real” to Nico Tortorella, but not for the reasons you might think.
“This season I’ve been accosted in grocery stores and yoga classes by people who were very obsessed with this show and suddenly get mad at me,” Tortorella told TVLine. “I’ve never had this experience on the show before. I know Peter Hermann has had this a few times, but this is the first time that I’ve gotten mad at myself. It is interesting to say the least. These people say, “I’m literally about to throw my TV out the window if it doesn’t end up with Josh.”
Luckily for those impatient viewers, the series finale ends with just one Josh and Liza reunited in the exact spot where they’ve met 83 episodes before. They even exchange many of the same jokes, which Tortorella and Sutton Foster deliver exactly as we remember them.
“It was my last day on the job, so it was very emotional – I could barely pronounce my words,” Tortorella said of the filming of Josh’s last interaction with Liza. In order to accurately piece together their characters’ meeting in the pilot, Tortorella and Foster revisited the scene together, causing them to fall apart even more. “We had been through so much together as Sutton and Nico and as Josh and Liza. Here we are, 360 degrees from the day we met until the day we say goodbye. It was very intense. And how beautiful it is to have been able to share this moment over and over. “
Even learning the ending turned out to be a roller coaster for Tortorella, who received the final script on Jan.6, 2021, just as news broke that the U.S. Capitol was under siege.
“So from the start, emotions were messed up everywhere,” Tortorella recalls of the “very intense” day, which ended with a virtual table read for the final. “While we were filming, Sutton got the script on his phone and started reading it. She got to the end, she started crying, then looked at me and said, ‘It’s you and me, baby. It’s you and me.'”
Bringing Josh to life for seven seasons has been a dream for Tortorella, who reminds us that the character “was only meant to be a guest star in the pilot,” and that they were only promoted to series regulars. in the second episode. But what’s the future of Williamsburg’s hottest tattoo artist, with or without Liza? Tortorella has a few ideas.
“I was the first to say on a Zoom call or in interviews that we should make a movie,” they say. “And then we’ll be recording Josh’s last name reveal – which we still don’t know, by the way – for a spinoff or whatever. I mean, the television landscape is so vast, and Younger is. still booming. Did I email about a power-that-the-power Josh spin-off? Yeah, I did. I miss Josh, I miss Young, I miss Darren [Star], I miss Viacom, I miss Paramount. I really think there is an amazing story that could be told about a tattoo artist raising a child as a single dad. Is it realistic that this will happen? I do not know. But I try to start conversations.
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